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Transatlantic issues, whistleblower claims among topics for ABA International Law meeting in London

Transatlantic issues, whistleblower claims among topics for ABA International Law meeting in London

By Irma Romero

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 3, 2013 — Transatlantic legal issues, global corruption, North Korean concentration camps, whistleblower claims and human trafficking are just a few of the issues to be discussed at the American Bar Association Section of International Law  2013 Fall Meeting in London. The Oct. 15-19 meeting will draw close to 1,000 large-firm, solo, government and academic legal practitioners from 52 countries who share an interest in international legal issues. The five-day meeting will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Speakers will include:

.  James Silkenat, president, American Bar Association (9 a.m., Oct. 16)
Sam Rugege, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rwanda (12:45 p.m., Oct. 18)
.  John Thomas, lord chief justice of England and Wales (12:45 p.m., Oct. 16)
.  Lord Judge of Draycote, immediate past lord chief justice of England and Wales (9 a.m., Oct. 16)
.  Matthew Barzun, ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom
   (9 a.m., Oct. 16)
.  Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons,
   U.S. Department of State (9 a.m., Oct. 17)
.  Cherie Blair CBE QC, Omnia Strategy LLP and Matrix Chambers (4:30 p.m., Oct. 18)
.  Lord Woolf of Barnes, former lord chief justice of England and Wales (4:30 p.m., Oct. 18)

In addition to the meeting in London, there will be a two-day pre-meeting module on Oct. 13-14 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Discussion topics will include Scottish independence, access to justice and arbitration and mediation in Scotland.

An innovative one-day International Legal Education Summit will be held on Oct. 19 at the University of Law in London, immediately following the Fall Meeting. This event will include a series of interactive panels involving eminent deans, professors and practitioners from both sides of the Atlantic who will address the changing nature of legal practice and the future of legal education.

Among the meeting’s highlights:

“Magna Carta: The Fountain of Freedom and Democracy” — With the upcoming 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta, which influenced our nation’s concept of liberty and the U.S. Constitution, panelists will explore the document’s historical and contemporary significance. Lesser-known documents, such as the Charter of the Forests, signed shortly after the Magna Carta, also will be discussed.
Oct. 15, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

“Justice and the Rule of Law: Where Have We Come From and Where Are We Going?” — Join renowned figures from the legal profession, including members of the bench and bar, as they exchange unique perspectives on the pursuit of justice in the U.S., the UK and beyond.
Oct. 16, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

“Whistleblower Claims Under International Law: An Update on Enforcement and Defense” — Over the past year, there has been a marked increase in bribery and corruption prosecutions for a wide variety of industries worldwide. Legal practitioners with significant experience prosecuting and defending such cases against major multinational companies will discuss recent developments and best practices.
Oct. 16, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

“Toward an International Piracy Tribunal” — Piracy plagues many parts of the developing world. Yet developed countries bear the brunt of the cost of the attacks, at an estimated $16 billion in damages per year, not to mention the cost in human suffering of the hundreds of hostages taken captive. This panel will discuss how to deal with this increasing problem — with a particular focus on the possibility of creating a new international piracy tribunal.
Oct. 17, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

“Human Rights: A Battleground for Employers and Unions?” — Worldwide respect of human rights is one of the most important challenges facing the global community. Join a lively discussion between the secretary general of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE), the AFL-CIO’s representative to the International Labour Organization, and global representatives from the private sector about the possibilities and pathways toward better global implementation of human rights.
Oct. 18, 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Throughout the meeting, there will be special programming for young lawyers, law students and legal educators that includes an entire year’s worth of CLE credits.

More information about the meeting can be found online.

For media credentialing, please contact Emilie Surrusco at This event is free and open to members of the press. 

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